When hunger strikes it’s important to have a snack that can boost your energy almost immediately. That’s why I love these protein energy bites.
I adapted this recipe from one that my mother-in-law’s zumba teacher makes – I know, it’s a stretch – but that is truly how I got this recipe.
I don’t know much more about the origins, but I have fiddled with the recipe to make it my own. I love it. All you have to do is combine all the ingredients and shape the mixture into balls or bars. That’s it. I swear. So easy, right?
There’s not baking, fussing or anything – just stir, shape, chill and eat!
You can also add your own variations to these protein energy bites. For example, you could omit the craisens, or swap them for raisins or another dried fruit. You can add nuts, carob chips (instead of chocolate chips), seeds or anything else. I like including the chocolate chips and cranberries for the touch of sweetness, but you could use what you like most. Have fun and make them your own!
I often find myself popping a protein energy bite into my mouth as I run out the door to the gym. It gives me that extra boost of energy I need to ensure a good workout.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy breakfast treat, or on the go power boost snack, I hope you’ll try these wonderful protein bites.
Gluten-Free Protein Energy Bars
- 1 cup gluten free oats
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries or raisins
- 1/2 cup protein powder (make sure it's gluten-free)
- 1/2 cup milled flax seed
- 1/2 cup natural peanut butter or almond butter
- 1/2 cup honey
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life chocolate chips, but your favorite gluten free chips will work!)
- Cover a flat pan or baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well by hand (you may want to use gloves, it's sticky!).
- Once mixed well, roll a portion into a ball. If mixture is too sticky, add a little water to your hands prior to rolling.
- Add ball to parchment paper and continue rolling mixture into balls until gone.
- Put in refrigerator to harden, and then transfer to a smaller dish, bag or bowl for easy storage. (Keep refrigerated or freeze)
- If you want to make energy bars, simply add mixture to parchment lined 8"x8" baking pan. Press mixture down and refrigerate. Cut into small squares and enjoy!
- Add more or less protein, chocolate chips, dried fruits, seeds, etc. This is your energy bar - adjust to taste!